New SALEN (Strat-Tele-Strand) Strandberg Model

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Brian Johnston, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. panther_king

    panther_king Supporting Member

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    Yeah, that's what I'm looking at - I'm so happy with my #1 (PRS Swamp Ash Studio) that I feel like I'd need something completely different to justify a purchase. A headless, fan-fret, 7 string, with Fluences is pretty much exactly that.
     
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  2. rufedges

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    It looks like a battle axe and Steinberger had a baby, somewhat unique and an A for effort, but fugly IMO.
     
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    I think the look makes more sense when you see it in someone's hands. If they make one with a trem, then I'm pretty sold:

     
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    Super cool!
     
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    It makes me feel funny.
     
  6. sleep

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    I like it OK. Rick Toone did the same thing a few years ago albeit minus one cutaway:
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    Got to hand it to them for making something unique in that style of guitar. Every time I look at it against the tree though, it literally reminds me of an axe to chop the tree down!

    Swing away!!!!
     
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    Is that guy really big or is the guitar really small?
     
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  9. GovernorSilver

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    Probably both. My Strandberg is smaller than my Reverend Jetstream 390 and most other electric guitars.

    That's headless guitars for ya!

    I think it's fitting Strandbergs look like axes - after all, Ola is probably a descendant of Vikings.
     
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    1. I dig it, which actually surprises me
    2. What's the strat part?
     
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    I often refer to my Boden OS as "The IKEA cutting board". :p I remember when I first saw a Strandberg, I thought it was not so great looking but it's definitely grown on me, particularly when I play it. Unlike some other "minimalist" guitars I've played, it doesn't feel like anything is missing when you play it. It has all the touch points I expect to have with a guitar . . . and not much else.

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  12. sixesandsevens

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    I dig it and I'm glad he's branching out.

    My only complaint with my Boden OS8LE is that it's more squared off than I'd prefer as the front and back meet the sides.

    Despite that, it's been my number 1 for almost a solid year now since I got it.
     
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    Toone has built a few things that look cool, but I am not convinced he really has any eye for design at all. That pic isn't helping his case.

    I have three headless guitars and have owned others. I like them. Is there any benefit to making the above item a headless guitar? It probably weighs more than any off the shelf Tele due to what I see as uneccessary hardware. Also, what's with that white insulated wire coming off of the high E bridge piece? How much is one expected to pay for such slop?

    I am not as big a fan as some in this thread about the Strandberg in the op (though I wouldn't say I hate it), but it looks better (IMO, of course) than the Toone Tele.
     
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    That Toone tele apparently sold (from the reverb listing I lifted the picture from) for $15k- used. I don't get it either. It is the first fan fret tele mashup I'm aware of though, and I wonder if it influenced the Strandberg, which I think is more graceful while equally openly displaying its influences.

    I have no idea on what that guitar weighs, but I do think it is overcompensating in the hardware department. I actually do like a few of Toone's guitars, and I like this as well, but I think you're largely paying for hype. Besides, everyone knows that 'slop' is actually 'wabi-sabi' now and there's a premium for that.
     
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    I suspect they have some other designs in the works...
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  16. redgold

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    That might be more due to the chambered body than a hardware issue.
     
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    Could be. I've only had to work on 3 of them so far. They all shared that rather thin acoustic quality.
     
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  18. redgold

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    I’ve had two Bodens and that airy thinner sound is why I keep one around. Sort of the anti-LP flavor. It’s my flutey guitar tone.
     
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  20. Brian Johnston

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    I like my Strandbergs because they are super clear in the mix. I'm sure that is partly to do with the pickups in each. They have the clarity of a strat or tele, but I find more ballsy.
     
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